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DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) contains the genetic instructions for the biological development of each cell within a person's body. All known cellular life and some viruses contain DNA.

Structurally, DNA is a double helix, two strands of genetic material spiraled around each other, each strand containing a sequence of chemicals (adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine). These chemicals are common to everyone, however it is the sequence in which they are put together that makes each person's DNA unique.

The fact that DNA is unique from person to person (unless you have an identical twin) is vital when it comes to DNA fingerprinting. DNA fingerprints can be used for anything from determining a person's biological parent, the diagnosis of inherited disorders, or for identifying the suspect of a crime.

This panel was constructed using the Seminole patchwork technique using strips of silk - red, which were painted with silk paints and sprinkled with salt, and black which was dyed with cold water dyes and embroidered. Finally, the whole panel was quilted for extra body.

Design by Anne Griffiths

Made by Stoke Row, South Stoke, Goring and Woodcote WI's.

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